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Medical report: Wake jail inmate was knocked unconscious by detention officer

Posted July 29, 2013

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— An investigative report released Monday from the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner provides more details about the circumstances surrounding the death of an inmate at the Wake County jail who died after being assaulted by a detention officer.

Shon Demetrius McClain, 40, was at the Wake County Detention Center on June 4 awaiting a court date on misdemeanor charges when, authorities say, he was involved in "an altercation" with officer Markeith Council.

The investigative report doesn't refer to Council by name but says a prison guard shoved McClain during an argument and that McClain got up and punched the guard in the face. That's when the guard threw McClain to the ground twice.

"It appears after the first throw that Mr. McClain was unconscious," the report states.

McClain died 13 days later from blunt force trauma to the head and neck, according to an autopsy report released last week.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Thursday that he's still reviewing a State Bureau of Investigation report to determine whether charges should be filed in the case.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office has said that Council, who has been a detention officer at the jail since 2009, was defending himself.

He is on administrative duty at the jail.


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  • winemaker81 Aug 5, 2013

    "detention officer should be fired immediately and charges brought against him..." -- jerryroll

    It appears you are not familiar with "innocent until proven guilty"?

  • Billy the Kid Jul 31, 2013

    Not every death has to have somebody held accountable. We learned this with the Zimmerman case. Time to move along knowing we are all now just a little safer.

  • vas01gt Jul 31, 2013

    to rroadrunner99, I agree with you! I hope that man has family that will file a lawsuit and stay on top of this..

  • SayItLikeItIs Jul 31, 2013

    Indecent Liberties can be that he was 18 or 19 and the girl was 15. Not everything is black and white.

  • vas01gt Jul 31, 2013

    I guess the "guard" will get away with this! The "guard" should be charged in this guys death.... Just because a person is jailed does give the the cops, guards any right to kill these guys oh yea I guess the other inmates that saw it happen can't testify because they are in jail for whatever reasons, This guard used excessive force and now a person is dead, will it be pushed under the rug like alot of things cops do!!!!!!

  • Billy the Kid Jul 31, 2013

    Indecent liberties with a minor = victim. It's simple math.

  • Billy the Kid Jul 31, 2013

    "BillytheKIND....he victimized others? a misdemenor charge could be a missed court date...wow - thanks for making huge assumptions...U are still holier than thou" jerryroll

    According to DOC records, I did not make any assumptions.

  • ncdime1235 Jul 31, 2013

    Cover up!!!! Dude's neck was broken when the DO slammed him to the ground, NOT ONCE, but twice. How can someone unconscious stand up to be body slammed again....

  • rroadrunner99 Jul 31, 2013

    It would seem to me that when you pick up an unconscience man and throw him onto a concrete floor you are meaning to inflict serious bodily harm,plain and simple. According to the article that's what the jailer did.

  • SayItLikeItIs Jul 31, 2013

    "No, he was a criminal and victimized others."

    How is a charge of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia evidence of victimizing others? A criminal charge does not automatically mean there is a victim.